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Justin Cuthbert and Julian McKenzie discuss Patrick Marleau's legacy after chasing down Gordie Howe on the games played list.
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When you think of staving off heart disease, some preventive measures that likely come to mind right away include limiting your consumption of red meat, avoiding cigarettes, and regularly exercising. But, what about calcium intake? New research suggests the mineral may play a key role in preventing heart complications later down the road, specifically in women.According to a new study published in the BMJ, women between the ages of 50 and 80 who have osteoporosis, also known as brittle bone disease, have a 79% higher risk of developing heart disease.RELATED: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right NowMany factors are believed to contribute to the development of osteoporosis, which is characterized as the thinning and weakening of bones. One major factor is a lifelong lack of calcium consumption, as it contributes to diminished bone density and heightens the risk of fractures.However, the reduction of estrogen levels is also a strong risk factor for developing osteoporosis, which is why women who are at the age of menopause are more likely to develop it. Previous research has indicated that people with osteoporosis also often have atherosclerosis, aka the hardening and narrowing of the arteries due to plaque buildup. In short, the research suggests the conditions could be linked.In addition, the authors of this study point out that the risk of a woman dying from heart disease is greater than a man's risk at 21% and 15%, respectively. However, it's important to note that this is an observational study, which just means that the authors are unable to establish a direct cause—only a correlation.Still, this study may serve as a great reminder to make sure you consuming enough calcium on a regular basis, and plenty of plant-based foods offer calcium including chia seeds, kale, and tofu.For more, be sure to read 50 Foods That Can Cause Heart Disease.
Protein shakes are wildly popular for muscle building and body slimming thanks to some research that suggests the potential benefits of getting more protein in your diet. This macronutrient has been linked to such benefits like:Preventing muscle loss and building lean muscle.Reducing appetite by keeping you feeling full longer.Boosting metabolism.Dropping pounds. The National Academy of Sports Medicine calls protein "one of the key 'levers' in a diet that increases the likelihood of someone's ability to lose weight."It's safe to say that many people have become obsessed with protein. And food and beverage marketers have taken note. Simply using the word "protein" in packaging seems to anoint the food with a halo of health that drives purchases "by symbolically linking [protein] to wellness and lifestyle values," according to a paper in Food Culture&Society that examined how protein snacks are marketed as good food choices through their packaging.But getting extra protein can backfire, especially when it's delivered in the wrong kind of protein shake. (See: 7 Ways Eating Too Much Protein Can Harm Your Health.)Some protein powders, premade shakes, and smoothie shop protein drinks can lead to weight gain and the tagalong health downsides of extra pounds, say nutrition experts. Weight gain is just one major potential side effect of drinking protein shakes that you'll want to avoid if you are using them to muscle up or slim down. And it can be true no matter the source of protein—from plants (peas, soybeans, rice, hemp), eggs, or milk (casein or whey protein).Related: Check out our recommendations for best and worst store-bought protein shakes.How do protein shakes pack on pounds?The answer in two words: calories, sugar. Many protein beverages are very high in calories and contain lots of added sugars.Check the nutrition facts and ingredient lists. A serving of Gatorade Recover Chocolate Protein Shake packs 280 calories and 19 grams of added sugars—that's more added sugar than you'll find in a serving of Breyer's Chocolate ice cream!"Liquid calories are sometimes not as well acknowledged by the brain as calories from solid food," says physician and medical writer Leann Poston, MD, of Invigor Medical. "So, you may not feel full after drinking a protein shake and follow it with a full meal."A Purdue University study published in Nutrition Reviews suggests that drinking protein shakes as snacks may end up causing you to swallow more daily calories and gain weight. The analysis of research papers found that when people consumed protein supplements with meals, they tended to adjust the number of calories they ate at mealtime to account for the protein supplement calories. But when they had protein in between meals, they didn't reduce the number of calories eaten at mealtime and they gained weight."People who consume protein supplements in between meals may be less successful in managing their body weight," said study author Wayne Campbell, PhD, a professor of nutritional sciences at Purdue.Too much protein can add weightRemember, while protein contains fewer calories per gram than fat does (4 calories versus 9), those calories still add up. And when you consume more protein than your body needs, those protein calories are stored as fat. A study in Clinical Nutrition demonstrated this: Researchers analyzed dietary protein using a food-frequency questionnaire and found a significant association with risk of weight gain when protein replaced carbohydrates in people's diets but not when protein replaced the higher calorie fat."Most of the time you should be able to get all of the protein you need from your normal diet, eating meat and dairy as well as plant-based sources like beans, nuts, and whole grains," says Heather Hanks, MS, a nutritionist in Plymouth, Michigan, with Instapot Life. "Drinking too many protein shakes may contribute to blood sugar fluctuations and weight gain."Carbohydrate, after all, isn't the only macronutrient that stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas. Protein does, too. More insulin is released when both macros are consumed together than when either is eaten alone.Other potential negative side effectsIn addition to weight gain, consuming too many protein shakes can cause other negative side effects.Nutrient deficiency. If you use protein powder shakes as replacements for several meals a day, "there could a risk of not getting enough of other important nutrients," says registered dietitian nutritionist Trista Best, RD at Balance One Supplements.Constipation. Many protein powders lack fiber, which can cause constipation, says Best. And long-term use of protein supplements may cause a gut microbiota imbalance, according to a 2018 study in Nutrients.Impaired kidney function. Before drinking high-protein shakes, "check with your doctor if you have kidney disease to ensure added protein is safe for your kidneys and what your limits should be," says Dr. Poston. Protein metabolism can be taxing on the kidneys, according to a 2020 study.Making your own protein shakes at home may help you avoid some of these potential side effects. Spark up your blender and try these 13 Best Protein Shake Recipes for Weight Loss.For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
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Zaxby's award-winning chicken sandwich has a new (old) sidekick! Fried pickles are back on the menus at select locations of the beloved chicken chain, and fans are rejoicing."Fried Pickles are a perennial favorite with our guests, and we can't wait for you to try them with our Signature Sandwich," said Zaxby's chief marketing officer Joel Bulger. "They're crispy and tender at the same time while that tasty dill pickle flavor cuts right through."RELATED: McDonald's Just Brought Back This Popular Menu DealThe popular side dish is made of thin slices of dill pickles coated in a cornmeal breading—a nod to Zaxby's Southern roots—which are then deep-fried. They're perfect for snacking or adding to any of the chain's chicken items. If ordered as a Shareable, they also come with a side of Zaxby's ranch sauce.Fried pickles will be available at participating locations for a limited time.The chain just recently rolled out its Signature Chicken Sandwich, and while they may have been outsiders in the Chicken Sandwich Wars, the patience seems to be paying off—the sandwich was rated as the best one in the category by food publication Thrillist."When it comes to portion size, flavor and quality ingredients, Zaxby's is in it to win it," Bulger said of the sandwich. "While we may not be the largest brand competing in the sandwich war, I'm confident we have the right ingredients to win on taste and make chicken sandwich enthusiasts switch to Zaxby's."For more, check out Chick-fil-A Is Experiencing a Major Shortage of This Staple, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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You may not think about it much, but it takes a lot of energy to raise livestock that produces some of your favorite foods, including eggs and cheese. In fact, it even disrupts air quality which poses a threat to the environment and human health.According to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, poor air quality caused by food production in the U.S. causes an estimated 16,000 deaths annually, and about 80% of these deaths are believed to be caused by the production of animal-based foods. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)Agriculture is a huge contributor to air pollution, which is the largest environmental risk factor for mortality globally. This study was the first of its kind to detail which foods are most dramatically contributing to the decline of air quality in the U.S. and as a result, costing people their lives.The authors of the study estimated how much agriculture elevated levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is known to increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, and even stroke in those who are routinely exposed. Certain farming activities including plowing land, fertilizing crops, as well as storing and spreading manure all release pollution into the air that increases PM2.5 levels. However, the production of animal-based foods tends to have a more significant impact on air-quality related human health issues than vegetables and legumes.When animals eat corn, hay, and soybeans, their manure (which is then used as a fertilizer for crops) releases large amounts of ammonia into the air, which can then react with other pollutants in the air to form PM2.5. This is especially the case for cultivating the correct breeding grounds for cattle, aka beef.This study, in particular, found that the average air quality-related harm that producing red meat imposes on human health is two times greater than that of eggs, three times greater than those of dairy products, and seven times greater than those of poultry.Even more telling? The air quality-related damage red meat has on human health was 10 greater than those of nuts and seeds and a whopping 15 times greater than the average of various other plant-based foods."Air quality-related mortality from the U.S. food system is comparable to that of other sources of air pollution, such as motor vehicles and electricity production. Nevertheless, food-related emissions are lightly regulated and less studied compared to these other sectors," Jason Hill, professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota said in a statement.While this information seems bleak, there are several possible solutions. As Hill mentions, air quality can be improved at the farming level by improving fertilizer and manure management. In addition, the more people who shift to eating a predominantly plant-based diet can also considerably help to reduce air pollution.For ideas on how to include more plant-based protein into your diet, be sure to check out 11 Best Healthy Plant-Based Snack Ideas.
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To help prepare kids for pre-school and beyond, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute test hundreds of toys for safety, functionality and fun factor. Your toddler is probably obsessed with "Baby Shark," so this Good Housekeeping 2019 Toy Award Winner will have them practicing their letters and numbers. This fishy friend is lots of musical instruments in one: Toddlers can bang on him with a drumstick, rattle his fins or shake up the beads in his belly.
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Prices at McDonald's have been incrementally rising for years, but due to labor shortages currently being experienced across the fast-food industry, we can expect the trend to continue this year. Popular items like the Big Mac will likely get even more expensive as operators recognize the need to increase hourly wages and benefits in order to attract and retain employees.The National Owners Association (NOA), an independent group of McDonald's operators, sent a letter to its members last week with the recommendation to "do whatever it takes" to keep their restaurants staffed—even if it means having to increase menu prices as a result."Price increases are happening everywhere you look and will continue as employers pass along these added costs," the letter said. "We will do the same. A Big Mac will get more expensive."RELATED: McDonald's Is Closing Down These Locations in Record NumbersThe nationwide shortage of fast-food workers continues to be a hurdle on the road to recovery for major national chains. A shortage of staff at Denny's, for example, is preventing the majority of restaurants from going back to a 24-hour operation window—a primary source of revenue for the diner brand. And things are getting slower at the drive-thrus, too. A viral video from April shows a sign posted at a McDonald's location in Texas asking customers to be patient, as understaffed kitchens and drive-thru windows are causing longer service times.In an effort to hire back workers, individual McDonald's operators have been offering incentives like sign-on bonuses and paid job interviews, but clearly, these tactics aren't working, said the NOA letter. The blame is placed on unemployment benefits, which allow minimum-wage workers to make more money by staying at home than they would if they were working a demanding job as a McDonald's server.McDonald's employees say it's high time the chain increased its hourly pay for the workers who are at the foundation of the company's success. The Fight For $15 association, formed by those fighting for a $15 minimum wage, plans to put additional pressure on the company the day before its shareholder meeting this month, by staging a walkout from their McDonald's jobs in 15 major cities around the country.For more, check out McDonald's Just Brought Back This Popular Menu Deal, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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Ketchup shortages across the restaurant industry aren't the only reason your fast-food orders are tasting drier than usual. Chick-fil-A seems to be struggling with a systemwide shortage of their beloved sauces, and the chain has warned both customers and employees that the amount of free sauce per order will now be limited.According to one insider on Reddit, the chain recently circulated a memo to its employees about the shortage, outlining new rules for handing out sauce packets and containers to customers. This will include Chick-fil-A branded sauces like the Polynesian or the Classic, as well as basics like ketchup and mayo. The limit will now allegedly be four sauces per meal.RELATED: We Tried Every Chick-fil-A Sauce&This Is the Best OneThe memo also suggests employees should offer up the chain's signature sauces in bottles to anyone who asks for more than the allotted amount. Chick-fil-A has been bottling its sauces for sale at its restaurants in 8-ounce squeeze bottles and debuted 16-ounce bottles in grocery stores last year.According to local news station WTRF, the chain has also notified customers of the shortage via email with stricter specifics on how much sauce they can expect to receive with their order. According to the email, the limits include 1 sauce per entrée, 2 sauces per meal, and 3 sauces per 30-count nuggets.Chick-fil-A confirmed the shortage to Eat This, Not That! in an email. "Due to industry-wide supply chain disruptions, some Chick-fil-A restaurants are experiencing a shortage of select items, like sauces," a representative said. "We are actively working to make adjustments to solve this issue quickly and apologize to our Guests for any inconvenience."For more, check out Chick-fil-A's Latest Menu Discontinuation Is Frustrating Customers, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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